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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Craven  \Cra"ven\  (kr?"v'n),  a.  [OE.  cravant,  cravaunde  OF 
  cravant?  struck  down  p.  p.  of  cravanter  crevanter  to 
  break,  crush,  strike  down  fr  an  assumed  LL  crepantare  fr 
  L.  crepans,  p.  pr  of  crepare  to  break,  crack,  rattle.  Cf 
  {Crevice},  {Crepitate}.] 
  Cowardly;  fainthearted;  spiritless.  ``His  craven  heart.'' 
  --Shak. 
 
  The  poor  craven  bridegroom  said  never  a  word  --Sir.  W. 
  Scott. 
 
  In  craven  fear  of  the  sarcasm  of  Dorset.  --Macaulay. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Craven  \Cra"ven\,  n.  [Formerly  written  also  cravant  and 
  cravent.] 
  A  recreant;  a  coward;  a  weak-hearted,  spiritless  fellow.  See 
  {Recreant},  n. 
 
  King  Henry.  Is  it  fit  this  soldier  keep  his  oath? 
  Fluellen  He  is  a  craven  and  a  villain  else.  --Shak. 
 
  Syn:  Coward;  poltroon;  dastard. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Craven  \Cra"ven\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Cravened}  (-v'nd);  p.  pr 
  &  vb  n.  {Cravening}.] 
  To  make  recreant,  weak,  spiritless,  or  cowardly.  [Obs.] 
 
  There  is  a  prohibition  so  divine,  That  cravens  my  weak 
  hand.  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  craven 
  adj  :  lacking  even  the  rudiments  of  courage;  abjectly  fearful; 
  "the  craven  fellow  turned  and  ran";  "a  craven  proposal 
  to  raise  the  white  flag";  "this  recreant  knight"- 
  Spenser  [syn:  {recreant}] 
  n  :  an  abject  coward  [syn:  {poltroon},  {recreant}] 




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